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good and bad references when interviewing for medical career

References: Who to include, who to leave out

THINK OF IT as the one reference you'd never want to use: The parent of a prospective physician candidate called a recruiter to talk...
getting angry and showing empathy to patients

“I would be angry too”

I WAS RECENTLY taking a Virgin Atlantic flight from London to Boston. Whenever I go back to England, I fly with either British Airways...

Family leave: Are you prepared?

IN 2015 when Sarah Hoper, MD, had her first child, she had some decisions to make. Dr. Hoper, who was working in Nashville as...

Call coverage: What’s in the contract?

THE CONTRACT STATED that the surgeon would join the two-physician practice at the same time as another doctor, bringing the total physician count to...

Doctors ignore noncompete terms at their peril

WHEN IT COMES TO restrictive covenants—also known as noncompetes—too many physicians make the mistake of believing these clauses are unenforceable. As a result, they figure...

Still working while sick?

DOES AMERICAN MEDICINE have a problem with physicians who work while sick? A quick look at the published evidence—and at physician anecdotes—indicates the answer...

Who are you online?

EARLIER THIS SUMMER, a Houston nurse posted critical comments on Facebook about a young patient with measles. Besides raising privacy questions, the comments also...

Taking a new job? Will you be covered when you leave?

YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A JOB and you’ve got a good handle on the compensation plan, the call schedule and the health benefits. But how...

Who most regrets their decision to go into medicine?

YOUNG PATHOLOGISTS and anesthesiologists were the most likely to say they regret their choice of specialty. According to a survey of more than 3,500...

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Career planning: never too soon

WHAT KIND OF CAREER do you want after residency? If you're still in your second year of training, you may think it's too early...

Finding locum work

WHEN IT COMES TO working locum tenens, one of the biggest questions most physicians have is this: Will they be able to find regular...

Your first contract: Do you know what it really says?

THE CONTRACT says that your first job will be paid according to an RVU compensation plan with a two-year income guarantee. Do you have...

Dress for success (and what not to wear on your interview)

CONSIDER THE JOB CANDIDATE who showed up in a rural community in a suit and tie even though he was told dress would be...

Is a resident stipend right for you?

AS YOU LOOK AHEAD to your first job, you've probably noticed that some organizations offer "resident stipends." The details around resident stipends vary, but...